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Benchmade 556 Plain Edge/ Satin Finish Blade/ Black Handle

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  • AXIS® locking mechanism with ambidextrous thumb-stud opener
  • 154CM stainless steel blade (58-61hrc)
  • Valox handle with stainless steel liners and a reversible steel pocket clip
  • Modified Drop-Point
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Product Description

The Mini Griptilian features textured Handle Scales (which are very strong and very lightweight). Double 410 stainless liners add strength to the knife handle. The blade is 154-CM stainless (plain) with satin finish and ambidextrous round thumb-hole opener. The pocket clip can be reversed for right or left handed people. The AXIS lock system makes the knife easy to open and easy to close (it operates identically for right and left handers). Benchmade is proud to donate a portion of the profits from the sale of this knife to the Oregon Health and Science University Breast Cancer Institute in Portland, Oregon to benefit their Breast Health Education Program. This program provides medical students, residents and practicing clinicians with standardized training to enhance their ability to detect palpable breast cancer in its earliest form

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B000NZQH4K
  • Item model number: 556
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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125 of 135 people found the following review helpful By Glenn on February 19, 2007
I am a 34 year old male with a job history to include, US Army Paratrooper, USFS Wildland Firefighter, State Trooper, and (currently) a Firefighter/Paramedic. To say that I have used and owned many, many knives is an understatement. I own the Benchmade Mini-Griptillian combo edge OD green. This is the perfect knife for everyday carry. I use it at work, while hiking, climbing, canyoneering, biking, whatever. I even suprised my wife the other night as I was sitting in the living room with my p.j.s on and she couldn't open a package, so I pulled out this knife out of my p.j's and opened the package for her. She busted up laughing (and of course called me a dork). I told her that I had heard an old eskimo saying that "The best knife in the world is the one you have with you." I believe this and practice it too. The mini Griptillian is the perfect size to carry everywhere, yet can get just about any job done. It is extremely sharp from the factory, holds an edge for a long time, the action is very precise, and it just feels good in the hand. I highly recommend this knife for, well, just about anyone. Well, anyone who can appriciate the highest quality standards and the absolute best workable knife money can buy anyway.. enjoy!
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Patrick G. Songy on March 28, 2014
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Short Form: There is a very Zen aesthetic to doing something very ordinary and doing it spectacularly well. There is an equally Zen experience of appreciating such mastery only through time and exposure. I think the Mini-Grip really hits on both of those things. While it leans slightly more towards the "hard use" end of the pool, the Mini-Grip comes close to being a perfectly balanced EDC knife. If you're going to exceed the $50.00 range with one knife, I would recommend that it be this knife.

Size: Smallish end of medium, with a total length of 6.78" and a closed length of a very impressive 3.87". The blade hits just shy of 3" with almost the entire exposed edge being sharpened and usable.

Usage Rating: Medium going on heavy. The only reason I don't say "heavy" without reservation is because it is, on the whole, rather smallish. Other than that, this is a knife with dual steel liners, an insanely strong lock, and a moderately thick blade-stock which is ground in such a way that it can take abuse. More to the point, the texturing and gripping created by the handle make this a blade that wouldn't slip out of our hands, even if you used it to cape a deer or clean a really slimy fish, like a catfish.

Steel Quality: I almost put this in the "high" category. 154 CM is a slippery fish in that way. It is certainly an order of magnitude better than 8Cr13Mov and lower steels. I'm not sure I'd call it "better" than VG-10, although it does have better wear resistance. It is not as easy to sharpen as VG-10, and while it will take a hair-popping edge, it won't easily get to that "scalpel zone" that VG-10 and Sandvik 14c28n will.
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58 of 67 people found the following review helpful By John on September 5, 2014
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I got this knife today, excited to finally have a Benchmade.

My excitement didn't last long, though. The first thing I noticed, was the blade is horribly off center. It's also got far too much lateral play. I got 2 $13 Sanremu's with the same order, and both of them were dead center, and had less blade play than the near $100 Benchmade. They were also slightly sharper, and weigh almost a full half ounce more. I should note that the 2 Sanremu's are the same size as the Benchmade. Being a bigger guy, I need something with a little more heft.

I'm actually very disappointed right now. I really wanted to like the Benchmade, but when it seems like it's of lesser quality (build/tolerance, not blade steel quality) than the other 2, I can't do anything with it, other than return it and buy something else. I've collected knives for nearly 40 years, and honestly can't believe the lack of quality in this knife. After seeing many posts in blade forums and Facebook groups, it seems that sadly, I'm not alone. Many others I've spoken with have gotten sub-par quality Griptillians. I can understand getting lesser quality when you buy the lower end knives from any manufacturer, but this is just unacceptable. I've never had this problem with any of the Sog, Kershaw, Gerber, Cold Steel, etc.... knives I've owned. I just wish Amazon had a way to attach images to reviews, so I could post a picture of just how badly off center the blade is.

I added a picture into the Customer Images Gallery to illustrate my issue with this knife.

If I'm ever in the financial position to buy a more expensive Benchmade I'll still give them another chance. I just can't keep this knife, and couldn't recommend one to anyone.
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64 of 78 people found the following review helpful By A. Cruz on July 2, 2011
Note: This review was once posted on a different Benchmade 556 listing, however, that listing has since been deactivated. I write reviews to inform others, this is why the review has been moved.

This review is for the Benchmade Model 556 Mini Griptilian with thumb studs, a black handle, a plain edge (non serrated), and 154CM blade steel.

The Blade
The blade has a great modified drop-point shape to it. Towards the tip of the knife there is just enough belly for just about any EDC (Every Day Carry) task. The blade is easily opened with the thumb studs, the provide nice traction and are situated in the correct area for easy deployment. The stone washed blade makes the blade look similar to having many small scratched on it. However, this looks nicer than I am able to describe it. This finishing is also nice for when you use your knife and it does eventually get scratched up, as the scratches are difficult to distinguish from the original blade finish. My largest gripe with this knife is it's edge. This edge is quite fat, it is around 70º inclusive geometry. This makes the edge last awhile, but cutting through thick and coarse materials becomes a pain. For example, cutting through thick card board can be difficult, but anything relatively thin is a breeze due to the sharpness.

The Steel
This steel (154CM) is some good stuff. This steel is pretty easy to sharpen and holds it's edge for quite awhile. My only gripe with the steel is that it tends to be a bit grainy. Grainy as in the grains in the steel are large and more noticeable than some other steels that I have used. AUS-8, VG-10, S30V, and 8Cr13MoV to mention a few.
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